Image: David Gaston

Asian, Dessert, Mexican
Price Scale

Zero Degrees, home of chamoy-drizzled Dole whips, split-cup boba teas, and a black waffle cone stuffed with popcorn chicken, is a weird, wonderful animal that’s anathema to our Stumptown DNA: It’s an out-of-town chain worth visiting. With busy outposts on 82nd Avenue and in Beaverton, this California-born “Mexican-Hispanic fusion cafe” excels at mango-fan topped fresh fruit slushies, milk teas, and baroque sundae creations topped with a carnival of fruit, candy, and crumbles that taste surprisingly fresh and real. Skip the roster of global mash-up junk food and proceed directly to the rainbow marshmallow-topped ube milkshake (made with purple yam and taro powder, it looks like a My Little Pony nightmare but tastes like earthy, buttery kettle corn buzzed to a crystalline froth). Even better, dive into a spicy Dole whip float: its uber-dense (vegan!) pineapple soft serve peaks adorned with strawberries, tart-pickled fruity chamoy sauce, and flecks of Tajin chile salt. Besides avocados and Damian Lillard, Zero Degrees might be the only thing from California even a Portland partisan would admit to liking.


Meal Times
Coffee, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch
Good to Know
Child Friendly, Counter Service, Noisy, Parking, Takeout